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On Nov. 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy dedicated six new buildings as part of the Aerospace Medical Division at Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
His dedication at Brooks AFB — which closed in 2011 — was in line with his Texas tour, with stops planned for San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas and Austin.
In National Geographic’s “JFK: The Final Hours,” the documentary sheds light on the unexpected moments of the president’s trip before tragedy struck in Dallas.
Even though Kennedy was on a tight schedule, “Final Hours” pinpoints how the president wanted to visit the volunteers living and undergoing tests in a low-pressure altitude chamber at the medical center.
He pulled on a headset to talk to one of the volunteers inside the chamber, said Philip “Flip” Jameson, then 19 years old.
“My heart stopped, just for a few seconds,” Jameson says in the film.
The Kennedy’s arrived in Dallas just before noon on Nov. 22. Just before 12:30 p.m., the presidential motorcade turned right from Main Street onto Houston Street and entered Dealey Plaza.
The rest, as they say, is history.